Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A book having little or no literary merit or substance, often published to exploit a fad.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being something other than a book, such as microfilm or microfiche in a library.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. That which is not a book.

Etymologies

non- +‎ book (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • November 2005 the graphic novel was the only 'nonbook' on Time's list of the 100 best novels since 1923.

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  • Personally I see great virtue in the "nonbook" presentation of certain biographical or historical subjects.

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  • Your life has arranged some more personalized nonbook learning.

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  • Borders filed for Chapter 11 with plans to close about 30% of its stores and emerge with a new focus on e-books and nonbook products.

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  • They're at Costco and newsstands and grocery stores and dozens of other nonbook book outlets.

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  • Publishers need to build reader relationships to avoid their authors becoming "anonymous wordsmiths" at a time when showcase opportunities are declining as Borders Group Inc. closes 200 stores and Barnes & Noble Inc. dedicates more space to nonbook items.

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  • Borders hopes this, along with better customer service and expanded nonbook offerings in its stores, like craft kits from Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc., can drive the top-line turnaround it desperately wants.

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  • Some US internet retailers of other products, like LLBean, for example, don't apply such stupid restrictions or don't have to, although there are many other nonbook retailers who've decided they can't be arsed organising non-US freight, well, because they can.

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  • Every other meeting is now devoted to nonbook discussions because participants were talking about these topics instead of about books.

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  • For the last few years, he said, the store has depended on sales from nonbook items that yield larger profit margins, like greeting cards, journals and action figures of Carl Jung and Rosie the Riveter.

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